The state wildlife agency says red tide, a type of algae, has been a naturally occuring phenomenon along Florida's Gulf Coast since at least the 1840s and that blooms occur almost every year in the Gulf of Mexico.
According to U.S. network CNN, this year's effect of the red tide on marine life has been unprecedented. The state's governor has declared a state of emergency. "We're even seeing large loggerhead sea turtles being effected, and that's because this red tide has lasted into the nesting season".
Florida's southwest coast, a ribbon of inlets and barrier islands normally brimming with wildlife, has become a red tide slaughterhouse this summer. FWC arrived and is helping to transport the manatee to SeaWorld in Orlando, where it will be treated and monitored until it can be released back into the wild. The FWC "documented 287 sea turtle deaths in Gulf of Mexico waters along the southwest Florida coast since the toxic bloom started in October", the Associated Press reported last week.More news: People Shot in Chicago During 14-Hour Time Span
Social media has been inundated with images of dead animals that failed to escape the toxic bloom washing up on the Gulf of Mexico beaches across Florida.
The blooms are killing fish and marine life.
"It's hard to predict more than a few days out [when it will end]", Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Michelle Kerr told CNN.More news: Butina boasts her Russian ties while drunk
Harvesting of shellfish like clams, oysters or mussels in a Red Tide area is banned.
FWC officials also want to quickly remove the bodies of dead marine life because their decomposition only works to fuel an already relentless red tide bloom.
More than a dozen people have gone to the emergency room after exposure to the blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria.More news: Ricciardo’s move leaves plenty of questions to be answered
- National Park Rangers arrest man caught on camera harassing bison
- Hurricane Hector is headed toward Hawaii, where a volcano is erupting
- Courtois could leave Chelsea if he is not motivated, says Sarri
- Google is releasing the finished version of Android Pie today
- Burnley set to seal deal for Middlesbrough centre back Gibson
- Anderson's late strike denies Gerrard winning Premiership start
- China won't accept US trade 'blackmail' - state media
- Browns trade disappointing WR Coleman to Bills for pick
- California office pool wins $543 million lottery jackpot
- Apple removes Alex Jones and Infowars podcasts from iTunes